On the Radar – The Head


For this week’s installment, we go from an Indian horror-fantasy to a Viking horror-fantasy. The Head comes from director Jordan Downey and screenwriter Kevin Stewart, the team behind the immensely wacky Thankskilling franchise, which is about a killer turkey with a foul mouth (or is that a fowl mouth? Eh? You get it? Fowl mouth.) Word from festival screenings suggests this to be a far more mature and refined effort from the duo, as it took home best feature and best cinematography from the Nightmares Film Festival (Columbus, OH) and impressed audiences at Sitges International (Barcelona) and the Telluride Horror Show with its epic presentation on a shoestring budget. Starring Norwegian actor Christopher Rygh, the film tells the tale of a grieving father looking to avenge the death of his family at the hands of a ghastly monster by working as a bounty hunter/creature exterminator for the kingdom, hoping to one day encounter the murderous beast. While no trailer is yet available for the movie, it has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment (Under the Shadow, Don’t Hang Up) for distribution, and we could likely expect to see this in the first half of 2019.

Here’s what a few of the critics have had to say about The Head:

Skyrim goes horror – Fingers crossed this film finds a large and supportive audience so that we can get additional stories set in this world.

THE HEAD exists in its own universe alongside some of the greatest horror/fantasy epics of the modern era. I would personally love to see this universe expanded and I think it has that kind of potential.

Reminiscent of some of the best episodes of Tales from The Crypt, the result is a riveting, original fantasy that keeps the viewers invested until the very end.

On the Radar